Infinite Jest

by davidbjensen

Cruikshank The Head Ache

George Cruikshank (British, 1792–1878). The Head Ache, February 12, 1819.

Above pictured is an example of what one will find at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s current exhibition entitled “Infinite Jest:  Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine”, on view for only a few more days until March 4.  The images presented show remarkable works of social commentary and political satire from the past several centuries, showcasing amazing examples of printmaking in the form of woodcuts, engravings, and lithographs.

While the pieces hold their own as amusing artworks–simultaneously lifelike and completely un-lifelike!–they are imbued with true meaning through their descriptions, which flesh out the historical period in which they were created so as to breathe contextual life into their existence.  Many of the prints have never been exhibited, and aren’t widely known, except to specialists in the field.  This is, simply, amazing curation!

If you happen to be in the NYC area, do yourself a favor and stop by to check it out before it’s long gone!